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Rob's wish a reality

Thursday, 13th January, 2011

A scholarship has been name in memory of local grazier Rob Seekamp A scholarship has been name in memory of local grazier Rob Seekamp

A scholarship for TAFE and university students will be named in honour of the late grazier, Rob Seekamp, who was killed last year in a plane crash.

One of Mr Seekamp's last ideas was to start a scholarship for young people from the bush. Mr Seekamp, 57, and a father of five, was killed in June when his light plane crashed into a lake on his property, Woolcunda, about 120 kilometres south of Broken Hill.

He was the immediate past president of the Pastoralists' Association of West Darling and the vice chairman of AgFair. 

He was also the immediate past president and life member of the Nanua Picnic Race Club and the chairman of the Wentworth Branch of the NSWFarmers Association. 

Now a small group of his friends from organisations he participated in have decided to realise his ambition of developing a scholarship.

"Basically it's in memory of Rob after he passed away last year," said the President of the Pastoralists' Association of West Darling, Sue Andrews.

Ms Andrews said the PAWD, the Broken Hill AgFair Committee and NSW Farmers Federation "got together" and decided to take it "one step further".

Mr Seekamp had strived to achieve better educational opportunities for country students and, with this is mind, a management group has been formed,an account opened for tax deductible donations and guidelines for a scholarship are being drawn up.

The scholarship will be open to students from the Western Division and will be presented annually. It will be means tested and will be a sum of $2,500.

"The main criteria is it has to be given to someone who will be a benefit to the Western Division in the long run," Ms Andrews said.

She said quite substantial donations had been made but she would like to see more. "We're aiming to raise at least $50,000 so the scholarship can work on its own," she said.

The Pastoralists' Association said a bale of wool, a sheep or two, a cow or even a ute load of goats would be a very welcome gift.

The donations may be made once or spread over a number of years. "Our biggest worry is we don't have a tax deductible status, but we are waitingto hear back for the Taxation Department," Ms Andrews said.

Details can be obtained by phoning the PAWD office on (08) 8087 3322, Sue Andrews on (08) 8087 2125, Jim Maynard on (03) 5024 0248, Ken Turner on (08) 8091 2571 or Kevin Taylor on (08) 80882988.

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